Former Glasgow Rangers director of football Mark Allen has given his firm backing to Steven Gerrard and insisted that his decision to appoint the Liverpudlian as manager in 2018, duly handing him his first managerial role in senior football, was the right one.
The ‘Gers boss, who turned 40 yesterday, has yet to win any silverware in his two years in charge at Ibrox and has faced criticism from some supporters after a slump in form during the first two months of 2020.
However, with the club finishing second in the Premiership in both of his seasons in charge, their highest placings since their last top-flight title in 2011, along with enjoying a fine run to the last 16 of the Europa League, Allen is sure that Gerrard is the right man to continue taking the ‘Gers forward.
He told The Scottish Sun: “I was sure two years ago that Steven was the right man for Rangers. I was sure then he was the right man. Sitting here now, I am more convinced of that than ever before.
“When I was looking for the next Rangers manager, I was looking for three specific qualities. I was looking for a winner, a leader and someone who could deal with adversity. Steven Gerrard ticks all those boxes. People spoke about his lack of experience but those three qualities, which he has in abundance, more than makes up for that.”
Allen then voiced his belief that Gerrard could soon end their long wait for a major trophy, saying: “I think it’s fair to say that over the past few years Rangers have got significantly better. They are getting closer and hopefully they are not too far away from being back where they should be.”
Even with the ‘Gers ending another season trophyless after the 2019/20 Scottish campaign was declared over earlier this month, the 40-year-old has indeed made some fine progress during his two years in the job. Going into the midway point of the season, they had been breathing down Celtic’s necks at the top of the Premiership, presenting their crosstown rivals with a stiff challenge to maintain their recent dominance of the league.
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Indeed, Gerrard has masterminded three Old Firm derby victories in his last six meetings against the Hoops, with the ‘Gers previously going 15 consecutive matches against their rivals without winning inside 90 minutes – a sure sign that the current manager has narrowed the gap that had grown between the two clubs.
He has also made huge strides in Europe, plotting impressive wins over the likes of Feyenoord, Porto and Braga this season to guide them to the Europa League last 16, their best performance in the tournament since 2011. Less than a year before Gerrard took the reins at Ibrox, the ‘Gers lost humiliatingly to Progres Niedekorn in the early qualifying rounds of the competition.
While it may be frustrating to be again left playing second fiddle to the Hoops domestically, the Light Blues certainly seem in a far better place now to usurp their Glasgow rivals’ perch than they did before Gerrard’s appointment.
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